Antigonish RCMP Media Release

Posted on October 19, 2012

Antigonish RCMP are seeing drivers slow down in school zones

October 19, 2012, Antigonish, Nova Scotia…The Antigonish RCMP have noticed motorists slowing down since the Provincial legislation governing speed limits in school zones came into effect on September 1st, 2012.

In support of the public awareness campaign conducted by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, the Antigonish RCMP has rotated a stationary radar speed sign at school zones throughout the town and county. The radar signs work by determining the speed of an oncoming vehicle and then displaying the speed on a digital sign which the driver of the vehicle can see as he or she is approaching. The effect, according to Cst. McKenna, is that the motorist is reminded both of the speed limit in the school zone and of how fast he or she is traveling in relation to it.

RCMP Cst. Michael McKenna says, “The RCMP have noticed that people are changing their driving behaviour and are slowing down as they become aware of the new speed limits.”

Gerard Ryan, principal of Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School supports the efforts of the RCMP to educate the public on the legislative changes. Ryan said, “Reducing speed in school zones is not something new. It is good to have awareness programs that make drivers and pedestrians focus on being more alert.”

The reduced speed limits for a school area set out in subsection 103(2) of the Safer School Zones Act apply only if a child is present in the school area. According to the School Areas Regulations a child is deemed to be present in a school area if a child is outdoors and (a) on the highway in the school area; or (b) on land within 30 m of the centre line of the traveled portion of the highway in the school area. This reduced speed limit will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year when children are present in the school area.

Cst. McKenna added, “What is most important is that we keep our kids safe.” RCMP remind motorists to continue to slow down and be aware of your surroundings.

For questions pertaining to the legislation please contact Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Please contact:

Cst. Michael McKenna, Community Policing Officer
Antigonish RCMP
cell: (902) 872-1545


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